|Genres:||Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul female vocalists jazz chillout pop|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic BBC Music page discogs IMDb last.fm lyrics lyrics lyrics myspace official homepage other databases other databases social network social network streaming music VIAF wikidata youtube youtube|
Helen Folasade Adu, 16 January 1959, Ibadan, Nigeria. Sades sultry jazz-tinged vocals made her one of the most successful international stars of the 80s. Of mixed Nigerian/English parentage, Sade grew up in Clacton, Essex, England, writing songs as a teenager. While an art student in London, she joined Arriva, where she met guitarist Ray St. John with whom she composed Smooth Operator. From 1981-83, Sade fronted the funk band Pride, leaving the following year to form her own band with ex-Pride members Stewart Matthewman (saxophone), Andrew Hale (keyboards) and Paul Denman (bass). The line-up was completed by drummer Paul Cook. The group gained a following on the London club scene and in 1984 its first single, the lilting Your Love Is King was a UK Top 10 hit. The Robin Millar-produced Diamond Life broke her into the US market on the back of the Top 5 hit single Smooth Operator, and went on to become one of the...